Today, we continue our look at Hurtigruten’s Midnatsol as she sailed from Kirkenes, Norway south to Bergen, as seen through the eyes of guest Wolf Blecken. He’s kindly provided us with a rare look at the continuation of the Live Voyage Report we brought you this past February.

February 27 – Tromso

Hurtigruten offers an evening excursion to see a midnight concert in Tromso at the Arctic Cathedral. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Hurtigruten offers an evening excursion to see a midnight concert in Tromso at the Arctic Cathedral. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

The midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral is a MUST. Soprano, flute played by a young lady and organist/pianist. Especially impressive was the piano piece “Kjempeviseslatten” (Ballad of Revolt), composed by Harald Saeverud.

Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

The main theme of the ballad is repeated several times (like in the “Bolero” of Ravel). The left hand of the pianist moves more and more to the left and the piece ends dramatically when the grand piano almost sounds like an organ. This was especially impressive in the environment of the Arctic Cathedral.

Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

February 28 – Harstad / Sortland

Hurtigruten's Polarlys departing Harstad, Norway. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Hurtigruten’s Polarlys departing Harstad, Norway. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Took one of Hurtigruten’s excursions: a bus tour from Harstad to Sortland (bypassing the port of Risoyhamn).

Hurtigruten's Midnatsol departs Harstad, while we follow on land. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Hurtigruten’s Midnatsol departs Harstad, while we follow on land. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

These excursions provide guests with an excellent opportunity to see oveland Norway. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

These excursions provide guests with an excellent opportunity to see oveland Norway. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

February 28 – Stokmarknes

The Gaan, now a training ship, was a part of the Hurtigruten fleet until 2007. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

The Gaan, now a training ship, was a part of the Hurtigruten fleet until 2007. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Here, we saw the training vessel Gann, ex Narvik, which was a regular Hurtigruten ship until 2007. She is also the sister-ship to National Geographic Explorer, which herself used to be a part of the Hurtigruten fleet.

Hurtigruten's former Finnmarken is now on display in Stokmarnes as a museum. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Hurtigruten’s former Finnmarken is now on display in Stokmarnes as a museum. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

We also got to see the old Finnmarken, which Hurtigruten now has on permanent display as a museum. She’s still looking sort of cosy inside but the cabins are lacking the comfort of today’s ships.

Finnmarken's Navigation Bridge looks as if it's ready for departure! Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Finnmarken’s Navigation Bridge looks as if it’s ready for departure! Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Gorgeous wood-paneled corridors reveal a nautical past. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Gorgeous wood-paneled corridors reveal a nautical past. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

The Finnmarken's Lounge retains a very 1950's ocean liner ambiance. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

The Finnmarken’s Lounge retains a very 1950’s ocean liner ambiance. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Cabins, however, are spartan by today's standards. Still cozy, though! Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

Cabins, however, are spartan by today’s standards. Still cozy, though! Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

One of the best reasons to visit Norway with Hurtigruten during the winter months: beautiful scenes like this. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

One of the best reasons to visit Norway with Hurtigruten during the winter months: beautiful scenes like this. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

...and this gorgeous shot of the Midnatsol transiting the Raftsund. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

…and this gorgeous shot of the Midnatsol transiting the Raftsund. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

...and, finally, this majestic scene. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

…and, finally, this majestic scene. Photo © 2013 Wolf Blecken

From the Deck Chair will return Monday as we prepare for our next Live Voyage Report, beginning next Thursday!

 

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